At K9 Trial on
Saturday 11th February 2017
Congratulations to Gary & Sandy Stockman and
AG CH 600
Kiwimatai ADM JDM ADO JDO SPDM GDX PT
Following many trips to New Zealand with my
wife Sandy to visit family and friends, we had many
opportunities to watch NZ Heading dogs compete in agility,
sheep work and other general farm work.
We decided to import a Heading dog from New Zealand as my
first agility dog. Up to this point in time I had been
lucky enough to learn my agility skills with the help of
Sandyís training and running her experienced agility dogs
including Sam the Kelpie X and Ben the Sheltie.
Kiwimatai (Tai) was born on
28th November 2009 at a property in Gisborne on
the North Island of New Zealand. At the age of 4 months
Tai arrived from New Zealand to begin his life in Australia
as an agility dog.
It was evident early on that
Tai was a quick learner and like most working breeds was
keen to always work and have a job to do. I found the
early years very challenging as Tai was extremely distracted
and very excited with the movement of other dogs and he also
had a very strong instinct to herd anything that moved -
which included me during our training sessions!
Eventually we worked our way through all of these
challenges and as I became more confident as a handler so
did Tai and thatís when our connection really improved which
began to show in our agility performances.
There has been many
highlights along the way. One that stands out was at the
Nationals in 2012 where we placed Third in Novice Agility.
In the lead up to the finals we had some fantastic runs and
placed ahead of some very good Novice dogs which gave me a
huge amount of confidence as a handler. Another highlight
is being able to compete in Strategic Pairs with Sandy and
Jet. After our first Strategic Pairs run was a disaster
where Tai and Jet just wanted to play with each other, it
was exciting and satisfying to recently achieve our Masters
Strategic Pairs title.
Apart from agility, Tai
absolutely loves working sheep which is something we
continue to do between agility trials. Tai also commands
centre stage when running in the paddocks on our property
with his brothers and sisters.
enjoy everything about Tai and we look forward to continuing
our agility journey!